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Eye on the World: the drug war in Mexico

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The Mexican Navy last week arrested Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, which is widely considered to be the world’s most powerful drug trafficking organization. Mexican and US law enforcement agencies worked together for months leading up to the capture, which took place without violence. Though “El Chapo’s” capture is an important victory for law enforcement, the supply of drugs from Mexico to the US is unlikely to stop for the time being — the Sinaloa Cartel’s operations will likely continue to be run by Guzman’s lieutenants. The US Drug Enforcement Administration has said that it will keep working to fight the flow of illegal drugs into the US.

A scientific response to Mexican drug cartels” tackles this issue head-on. The writer explains how no matter where we live, we can all embrace the people of Mexico in our prayers by “reject[ing] the belief that evil thoughts and actions are possible in Mexico or anywhere.” God, infinite good, is at work and active, and our acknowledgment of His presence helps to destroy evil. Our prayers support the efforts of law enforcement groups to quell violence and thwart illegal activity, and give heart to those who choose to live their lives in productive and honest ways.

The light that pierces the shadows of drug trafficking,” written by a Christian Science practitioner who also served as a member of a narcotics control team in Latin America, argues that prayer can be a very effective weapon in the fight against narcotics trafficking. Spiritual intuition can aid in the detection of drug trafficking, and God’s love can halt the demand for drugs in markets to which narcotics are being sent. The writer notes that God made each of us to express freedom and dominion, without the need to rely on chemical substances for happiness or fulfillment.

Our prayers can be a powerful weight on the side of law, stability, and peace in Mexico, and around the world.

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